Samsung sure made a lot of errors in judgment both before and after releasing the “game-changing” Galaxy Note 7 with an insufficiently inspected battery, most recently failing to set up a proper device exchanging program for hazardous units purchased straight from the OEM’s US e-store.
There was also plenty of confusion surrounding the recall process at other retailers, some being unable or unwilling to provide temporary J-series backups. As for actual safe-to-use Note 7 replacements, these appeared to randomly feature either a black square or blue S logo on their new retail boxes. Or both indicators, making people wonder whether certain subs were better or safer than others.
As it turns out, only one of the two revised packaging badges is mandatory, so if you see a square symbol on the label at the top-right corner, alongside your IMEI number, it means you have no reason to fear an explosion anymore. Case closed.
Another somewhat puzzling matter is fully clarified in the same nifty guide posted on Samsung’s official newsroom, as well as on Twitter by Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google’s SVP of Android, Chrome OS and Play.
A software update will soon turn the white battery icon of replaced Galaxy Note 7 copies to green, making it visible on the Status Bar, Always On Display, and Power Off prompt screen.
Technically, this change goes against Google’s very clear, very strict Android implementation rules, aka the Compatibility Definition Document, but Lockheimer confirms the search giant “worked with Samsung given extraordinary circumstances”, stressing the new green icon still has a white border to “ensure compatibility.”